Toyota and Lexus Finally Confirm Apple CarPlay for 2019 Models

17 January, 2018, 03:02 | Author: Darren Santiago
  • NAIAS 2018 Toyota and Lexus Brings Apple Car Play in Select 2019 Models

The 2019 Avalon will be available in four trims: the new XSE and Touring, which have an aggressive flair, or the XLE and Limited models, which Toyota describes as more "opulent".

The 2019 Toyota Avalon revealed here at the Detroit Auto Show deserves to be called "flagship".

Besides Apple CarPlay, another tech feature new to Toyota is the ability to control the Avalon via Amazon's Alexa voice assistant.

Toyota this week announced the upcoming availability of its stunning, 2019 Avalon sedan - poised to be the company's first automobile boasting support for Apple's CarPlay as a standard option - at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Michigan.

The company debuted the redesigned 2019 Avalon, a full-size sedan.

The laser ablation creates a specialized texture with intricate patterning.

Stylistically, it's a big departure from the current Avalon and it wears its swoopy shape better than the smaller Camry, at least to our eyes.

Toyota has done a lot to up the sportiness of the Avalon, with an Intake Sound Generator (ISG), Active Noise Control (ANC) and Engine Sound Enhancement (ESE) for a more tuneful engine note, plus a new multi-link rear suspension with revised trailing arms, dampers and bushings, thicker anti-roll bars, stiffer spring rates and a wider rear track.

The exterior elements provide Avalon with an "expressive" look that reflects a mixture of performance-focused personality as well as a sense of the vehicle's spacious interior dimensions. The new platform also allowed Toyota designers room to create a carved lower rocker panel behind the front wheels. New stamping techniques also aided in shaping the car's sculpted forms and complex surfaces. The new sedan sports updated design and new premium features. The cabin, however, keeps its characteristic low-profile heritage by extending the space for the rear seats by 7 inches. Three variants will be offered, including XLE, XSE and Limited, and it's worth mentioning that the hybrid version is still reserved for the US market.

Toyota has not yet come to an agreement with Google to make Android Auto compatible with its cars, but the big T said that in the United States of America at least, Toyota and Lexus vehicles will eventually all have Apple CarPlay functionality going forward.

All 2019 Avalons will come standard with a high level of safety gear.

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